News in Brief

Undergraduate inquiry

Inqiry@Queen’s, held at Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library from March 3 until today, is giving undergraduate students the opportunity to present their research findings.

Eighty students are taking part in the fourth annual academic conference. The event is designed to give students an opportunity to display their research publically in the hopes of improving their graduate school prospects.

The presentations are organized by themes including “Conceptualization of Self” and “Constructs of Control.” The event included a keynote speech by Principal Daniel Woolf yesterday morning titled “A Historian Reflects on a few of His Eureka Moments.”

—Holly Tousignant

International Women’s Week in Kingston

Kingston will be celebrating International Women’s Week through various events on campus and in the city from Mar. 6 to 14. “Saturday is the kick off so that’s at City Hall … and there’s going to be a whole bunch of different groups there, showcasing what they do, feminist groups and women’s group from both Queen’s and the community,” Queen’s Women’s Centre co-chair Kym Nacita said. The kick-off runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Queen’s Women’s Centre is a sponsor of the event, hosting a Feminist Book Exchange at the Grad Club on Wednesday, Mar. 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“That involves a bunch of Queen’s feminists doing readings, poetry, some spoken word and music,” Nacita said.

For a full list events, please see wedontstopkingston.com

—Holly Tousignant

Aboriginal Awareness Week

This year’s Aboriginal Awareness Week will have events focused on the theme “Love as Medicine.”

The theme, which was chosen by the Queen’s Native Students Association (QNSA) executive, refers to different ideas of what medicine is within Aboriginal communities or ideologies of the world, former QNSA president and current executive member Dana Wesley said.

“[Medicine] can take the form of something physical, so you have the four basic medicines, cedar, tobacco, sweet grass and sage and all those medicines are different and they have different uses in different communities and you also have things that can be considered medicine like maple syrup or like sweet water, but then there’s also things like friendship and love that can also be viewed as medicine,” Wesley said. “It’s an element that you can use to care for yourself and others around you and that really fits into medicine wheel idea of the world and the different aspects of the medicine wheel.”

The awareness week, which is in its third year, will run from March 8 to 12.

Events include socials, performances and a film screening.

Wesley said one of the highlights of the week will be a talk given by indigenous two-spirited feminist Jessica Yee titled “Strong, Indigenous, Sexuality.”

Yee will be talking about feminism and sexuality and how those two can be worked through indigenous ideologies of the world, Wesley said.

“That’s going to be really exciting and I think it kind of points to a different element of the theme of our week than some of the other days do,” she said. “And she’s a really good speaker, I’ve heard.”

Wesley said individual awareness days were previously held, but QNSA expanded them to a week of events.

“I think it’s important especially for the Queen’s community to have events like this,” she said. “We moved it to a week because we were getting such a positive response on the one day that we were having it, and we could see the growing group of people who wanted to see events like this happen on a more regular … basis.”

For a full list of events, please see qnsa.wordpress.com.

—Holly Tousignant

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